Food Plate Replaces Food Pyramid

Earlier today First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the USDA's new food icon -- and it's a food plate, not a food pyramid. The plate is split into four sections: vegetables, fruits, grains, protein, and it has dairy on the side.

Along with the new food icon, the USDA launched ChooseMyPlate.gov, which even provides recommended dietary guidelines for the new food plate:

Balancing Calories
  • Enjoy your food, but eat less.
  • Avoid oversized portions.
Foods to Increase
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
Foods to Reduce
  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals ? and choose the foods with lower numbers.
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

What do you think? Is this a step in the right direction?

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